Heath Evans on M&M: Myra Kraft’s spirit ‘irreplaceable’
|07.20.11 at 11:56 am ET|
Former Patriots running back Heath Evans, now with the Saints, joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to share his memories of Myra Kraft, who died Wednesday morning. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“She was just special,” Evans said of the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “Very few owners in this business and this league that truly care about their guys both on and off the field. They are an organization that practices that, they preach it, but they back it up with action and words.
“Myra always made [Evans’ wife] Beth Ann feel so special, and as a husband there is nothing more rewarding than your wife coming come and bragging about the owner’s wife making her feel special and appreciated, always just embracing their ideas for different things in the community and how she embraced the Heath Evans foundation and how special she made Beth Ann feel for stepping up and allowing her story to get all over the country. Myra was instrumental in praising Beth Ann for that.”
Evans said one moment that stands out in his mind is when he was with the Saints and the Krafts took the time to check in with him and see how he and his family were doing.
“They are a very blessed family, financially, but their hearts just spoke volumes to those players and the players families,” he said. “As one of my tweets said, I remember in ’09 when I tore my ACL and trying to crutch across the field and [Myra] and Mr. Kraft coming to me at midfield and knowing by name, how is Beth Ann, how is [daughter] Ava, how is [daughter] Naomi? These are billionaire people who have businesses and players of their own to worry about who were concerned about my family and my knee. Truly special people. Myra had a spirit about her that was irreplaceable.”
Robert Kraft has been heavily involved with the league’s labor negotiations recently, a time in which is wife was very ill. Evans talked about how much balancing Kraft had to do and how much praise he deserves.
“I don’t even know where to start to praise the man,” Evans said. “The balancing of powers of the love of your life laying on her death bed and a game you help build and establish where it is now, trying to balance those two powers in your life. Obviously he’s done an amazing job. You can see that Myra was well loved, and taken care of. She was a woman that always had joy, just a peacefulness about her. Obviously, if you don’t have a husband at home loving and cherishing you it is hard to have those types of feelings and emotions that she displayed daily, consistently coming out of your life. Mr. Kraft is an amazing man, I love him. I hated leaving there two years ago, and definitely our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.”
Evans closed with his thoughts on the lockout and how he thinks it should be coming to an end in the near future.
“There is a little bit more backbone to the promise here the next couple days of getting something done,” he said. “We’ve heard the 15th is the day to get something done, obviously the 15th has passed us by, but it seems like the issues are resolved. Obviously, the legal terminology and getting the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed is something that I want no part of, but it definitely seems like we are moving in the right direction and we will have a deal shortly.”